Fremantle Prison Reviews
Dec 03, 2006
The Fremantle Prison has a rich and varied past. As a place of incarceration for almost 150 years its inmates included British convicts, local prisoners, military prisoners, enemy aliens and prisoners of war.
It was built by convicts in the 1850s, it became a colonial prison in the 1880s and its inmates extended to include women as well as men. Its twentieth century history includes time as a military prison and after its closure as Western Australia's primary place of incarceration and a maximum security prison it is now one of the state's premier heritage sites.
The first prison - also the first public building in WA was built in 1831 -the Round House.
On the 4th and 5th of January 1988was a Fire and riot at Fremantle Prison. The prisoners rebelled and rioted, setting fire to 3 Division, taking some Prison Officers hostage and making demands about conditions. Order was restored on 5th January, but not before some of the officers held hostage were injured, and extensive damage done to the part of the Main Cell Block by fire and water.
This year also saw the commencement of the Fremantle Prison Conservation and Future Use project in which extensive investigations and research into the Prison site and its history and heritage potential were carried out. At the time it was the largest such project ever undertaken in Western Australia. The project reported to the State Government during 1990, recommending the prison be conserved as a significant heritage site. The recommendation was accepted by the Government.
In 1991 the inmates and staff of Fremantle Prison were transferred to the newsecurity prison at Casuarina, about 20 kms south of Perth, and the Fremantle Prison was closed.
Since1992 a tourist operatoris offering tours of the Prison.
We arrived for the last day tour of the day, it was well worth the 2 hours! The guide was fantastic. It was quite the experience to walk around a prison - it some places it looked like that the inmates just left but on the other hand it was hard to believe that this prison were actualy insideuntil 1991! The prison is really old and the conditionsinside really poor,it was about time to change something.
They offer also special tours through the tunnel and at night - I was not brave enough to do that! ;-)
Part of the Australia 2006 travel blog
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Oct 14, 2002
Mum and I went to Fremantle prison while out on a day trip in 2002.
It was my first prison experience (thank god) and as I love prison movies we thought we would go for a visit.
Even seeing the huge walls that surround the now unused prison gave we the chills.
We were shown around in a group of about 15 by a former prison guard who was very informative and had many a story to tell of his experiences there.
We saw the excercize yard, bathrooms, kitchen, loads of cells from the first days of the prison to how they looked when it closed in the 90s and the most chilling of all DEATH ROW and THE GALLOWS.
There was also a gift shop and cafe there.
Part of the Perth - 2002 travel blog
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